Encouragement Pages: 05/06/2022

From the Rough Patches, I want you to take three things which will serve you well (I promise):

1.) What were you doing before the Rough Patch started?

2.) What worked the best for you to get out of the Rough Patch?

3.) What do you plan to do that will help you come out of the Rough Patch sooner?

I know this seems redundant, but this will absolutely help you in the future.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Encouragement Pages-05/04/2022

Note: Watch for the show titled: The Rough Patch on the podcast The Writers’ Block tomorrow (May 5, 2022). Follow us on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Play.

Sometimes, the hardest part is to get through the rough patches.

These rough patches can include time, subject matter, and even confidence. Every writer goes through these rough patches! But they are not impossible to negotiate.

Don’t give up just because it got rough. The best thing to do is to remember that rough patches are cyclical-not permanent.

I believe in you.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

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May 2022: OWN THE LOSSES

Writing is hard.

That is the nature of creativity. Sometimes it’s hard!

Deadlines are missed.

Opportunities are forgotten or not extended to you.

Fear acts up and lies to you–stealing your time.

Confidence plummets. Books don’t sell.

All matter of mischief happens!

But here is the secret: don’t be distracted by what you lost. Focus on what is next.

Encouragement Pages-05/02/2022

There is a power in pressing through.

In a video done by Shonda Rhimes, she reminds us that it is okay to write the bad stuff, that is how you get through to the good stuff!

It is okay that the bad stuff comes first! That is part of the process as well!

It will come. I promise it will.

But, you have to keep going.

I believe in you.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

April 2022-OWN YOUR WINS

As this month ends, I desire that you all do me one favor. I want you to brag on yourselves a little bit. I want you to decide that every portion of progress, and celebrate it.

I want you to decide being a writer is a win.

Starting a work is a win.

Completing a work is a win.

Embracing all your identities to write fully in your truth is a win.

Own that–as it is truly a process! It is truly is a matter of great courage to tell yourself that, “I did this, and I don’t need anyone else to say that they are proud of me. I am proud of me.”

Maturity is a win.